[dropcap1]O[/dropcap1]n August 13, 2011 history was made on 110th and Lenox (Malcolm X) Boulevard. The Millions March in Harlem, hosted by a number of community activists such as the December 12th Movement, the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party, the National Black United Front, Afrocentricity International, and many others, would be the catalysts for a much needed change and united stance among the Black community. The keynote message was delivered by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.
The demonstration was focused on and in protest of the attack on African people on the continent of Africa as well as in the United States. This includes the bombing of Libya by the US and NATO. The degeneration of education, housing, employment, healthcare and the alarming rise of police brutality was a focal point as well.
The program was scheduled to begin at 12 noon, however, by 9:30 AM hundreds were already present and ready to receive the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Kofi Taharka, Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF) was present along with other members of the organization. Mr. Taharka greeted the crowd with an electrified Hotep (Peace) and shared that he and other members of NBUF as well as the New Black Panther Party drove 30 hours from Houston to Harlem to be present for this monumental event.
Student representatives of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who attended the march included Abdul Hafeez Muhammad (New York),
Robert Muhammad (Houston), Jeffery Muhammad (Dallas), Hilary Muhammad (London), Carlos Muhammad (Baltimore), Akbar Muhammad (Ghana).
The program consisted of various speakers from the community such as Charles Barron who spoke passionately against police brutality. “You [police] want to stop and frisk someone, then stop those crooks on Wall Street! We will not move! We will shut the city down! We have had enough. Racism and oppression is not gone”, shouted Mr. Barron. Community representative, Pam Africa, also shared her sentiment regarding those present in conquering their fear of standing up against mistreatment. “It’s your fear that has you in this condition! These people [the enemy] don’t fear guns…they fear the truth! We gotta understand these monsters! Once we stand up, this system will fall”!
It was announced that Olympian, John Carlos, famous for raising his fist at the Olympics ceremony in the spirit of Pro-Black sent his greetings to all present and in support of the Millions March in Harlem.
Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was present and in support of the protest against the bombing of Libya.
The program also featured a live performance by Amiri Baraka as well as a live band.
A sea of blue, beige and brown flooded Lenox Boulevard as the Nation of Islam’s Muslim Girls Training (M.G.T.) arrived.
Representatives of the Iran News Network were present and broadcasting live to those in Iran to offer live feed of the demonstration and keynote address by Minister Farrakhan.
People from all over the world came to stand side by side in unity to send the message that enough is enough. Four brothers from Libya with signs and photos of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi shared their heartfelt words of gratitude and love for everyone present in Harlem and to show their love for their leader.
Many of the Harlem residents watched the program from their windows and fire escapes. The entire Lenox Boulevard was completely saturated with demonstrators, street vending, and onlookers. It was certainly a sight to behold.
Akbar Muhammad made one of the most memorable announcements that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, himself, was watching the Millions March in Harlem and sent his greetings and love.
The time had finally arrived for the keynote address from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Members of the Fruit Of Islam (F.O.I.) arranged the stage to properly receive the man of the hour.
The Minister opened with the greetings of “As-Salaam Alaikum” and for those observing Ramadan a “Ramadan Mubarak”. Minister Farrakhan wasted no time in laying out the mindset and plans of NATO stating, “They didn’t just want a no fly zone, they wanted to kill Brother Leader Gaddafi”.
Minister Farrakhan shared the parallel struggle by both himself and Gaddafi, yet, he didn’t back down for one moment from their common enemy as he shouted, “Come against me with all you got, and give me no respite! I will be left standing”! The Minister shared portions of a meeting that took place between himself and some of the Chicago Rabbis in their attempt to persuade him to retract the book, The Secret Relationships Between Blacks and Jews, that ironically was a compilation of findings from well known Jewish scholars detailing their heavy hand in the slave trade and cause for the economical imbalance that exists now in the Black community. Apparently these Jewish Rabbis mistook Minister Farrakhan for a weak and spineless Johnny-come-lately Black leader in offering their friendship in exchange for discontinuing the spreading of Truth.
The sea of Black and Brown faces ignited with every single word the Minister spoke into the atmosphere. His spirit was electrifying and it was evident that the lives of those present would never be the same.
Student Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, the New York representative for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, shared his thoughts in reaction to the keynote address delivered by the Minister during the Millions March in Harlem. When asked what was different about this message in comparison to the April press conference the Minister gave, Brother Hafeez stated, “The press conference was here in New York in a small room with a different audience. The message was the same, yet it was delivered in a different spirit; the Minister was on a higher frequency when he came to Harlem and spoke to the community. He was appealing to the people. They were transposed and they were fixed on him”.
When asked about the significance, both individually and in general, of the New York mosque being the “heart” of the Nation of Islam, Brother Hafeez responded, “The heart is the organ that pumps blood to the brain and the rest of the body, yet, if the heart isn’t functioning properly and if there is a lack of blood flow within the body you get what’s called gain green infection and the loss of limbs. If the heart is not pumping blood to the brain properly it could result in a stroke. However, the heart can always be replaced by undergoing a heart transplant. Therefore, we do not take being what some refer to as the “heart” of the Nation of Islam in arrogance. If this heart isn’t pumping right, another one can assume the position. Regardless, we must be found functioning properly and in line with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan”.
A very special thank you to the Believers of Muhammad Mosque No. 7 as well as the members of the Harlem community for hosting such an AMAZING and unforgettable event!
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